Early childhood education under the microscope 


The link between good experiences in early childhood and success at school will be explored next week by a leading NT educator.

Head of the School of Education at Charles Darwin University (CDU), Professor Alison Elliott will present a public lecture entitled “Closing the loop: Challenge and change in early childhood education” on Tuesday, May 27.

This will be the final presentation in CDU’s May 2008 public lecture series.

Professor Elliott said Australia had some of the best and the worst services for children.

“Early childhood education is on the political and community radar as never before,” she said.

Professor Elliott’s presentation will highlight the importance of early learning to wellbeing and academic and social success, highlight some of the challenges in providing equitable early learning experiences and outcomes for all young children, and present a vision for integrated education and care that capitalises on contemporary knowledge about children's learning, development and education.

She said that early childhood education provision was fragile and fragmented and often expensive, with many young children missing out all together.

Entry to the lecture is free. The event will start at 6pm at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Light refreshments will be served afterwards, concluding at 8pm.

Media are welcome.  For more information go to: www.cdu.edu.au.